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Dad Won’t Let Daughter Marry Fiancé. Years Later They Find Old Engagement News, Say Their Vows

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True love has no expiry date. In fact, it often has a way of growing stronger in absence and over time.

So when Janice and Prentiss were finally reunited — more than 50 years after they had fallen in love — their hearts were about ready to burst.

The couple had actually gotten engaged back in 1961 after meeting in college.

“At one point, we kissed and held hands,” Prentiss recalls in a video.

“From that point, we knew we had to be married,” Janice says.

But her father had other ideas. He outright forbid the union.

“He simply said, ‘You stop seeing that boy or I’ll cut off your tuition,’” Janice recalls.

Prentiss and Janice moved on, each getting married — even as their hearts still belonged to each other.

“I thought of him, I would say, almost all the time,” Janice says. “It was very hard.”

Love, of course, can wait. We’ve seen two hearts wait 65 years before finally being united. And we’ve seen long-married couples so in love that they couldn’t live without each other.

So it’s easy to understand why, when Prentiss and Janice finally met again — their marriages behind them —  they didn’t waste another moment.

“It was time to rectify what had gone wrong 50 years before,” Prentiss says.

They got married in the courtyard of the very school where they met so many years earlier.

And today?

“We are so happy,” Janice says. “Our marriage is perfect. Of course we have few years to live it, but it will be perfect.”

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